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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

By: Jules Verne, Tony Lee
Narrated by: Adrian Lester, Clive Mantle, Carla Mendonca, Terry Molloy, Montserrat Roig
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Summary

This Audible Original drama voyages across the seas on board the USS Abraham Lincoln in pursuit of a mysterious monster that has been terrifying unsuspecting ships, in an expedition to hunt this creature down before more people are injured or killed.

Amongst the crew are Professor Pierre Aronnax, who wants to be the first person to identify the creature, believing it to be nothing more than an oversized Narwhal. He’s joined by Ned Land, a Canadian harpoonist, believed to be the best in the world. Brought onto the USS Abraham Lincoln to kill the creature, Ned has a secret - his love was on a previous ship attacked by the monster (as was he) and died deep in the bowels of the ship, and he wants revenge.

Also on board is Constance Boyd, an agent for the fledgling and secret Office of US Naval Intelligence.

After a long search the ship finally encounters the beast, but during the attack our three crew members are thrown into the water. As they cling on for life to their surprise they discover the monster to be an advanced technologic masterpiece, the Nautilus, a submarine unknown to man, commanded by Captain Nemo, played by Adrian Lester OBE (The Day After Tomorrow, Primary Colours, Hustle).

An enigma, a man without a nation, who’s declared war on mankind by attacking ships that cross his path, our story truly begins when we meet Nemo and discover he’s not the monster that he’s made out to be.

Cast, in alphabetical order; Gary Andrews, Michael Brandon, Sean Connolly, Barnaby Eaton-Jones, Abigail Fox, Joseph Fox, Adrian Lester, Clive Mantle, Carla Mendonca, Terry Molloy, Ben Perkins, Montserrat Roig, Andrew James Spooner.

Directed by Barnaby Eaton-Jones.

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Fantatic Listen

A wonderful condensed version of a classic tale. Transported me back to the magic of the original and makes me want to go back and read Vernes originals again.

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Interesting twist at the end

The musical score is somewhat distracting throughout but the story ends with an interesting plot twist.

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A bit childish

I am catching up with the classic books I never read earlier in life but now have time to enjoy in my retirement. This dramatised version of the book gave the impression of being aimed at the under 11 market. Silly accents, truncated plots and too much music abound.

Personally I wish I had chosen a proper unabridged narration of the novel.

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Great audio book!

Fantastic narrative and enjoyable voice acting! The sound effects really bring the story to life!

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A brilliant and engaging dramatisation

as with any dramatisation, some of the nuance of the text is lost, but this is a wonderfully faithful and engaging radio-play version, distilled to a few hours of absorbtion.

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Ridiculously entertaining

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, or audio drama more like. I had told myself I need to read this book and I’ve tried many times but never had the time. This was perfect for my commute!

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Excellent production!

Absolutely amazing production, acting & sound design. Very much like the old theatre plays I used to listen to on vinyl. 10 stars!

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Great way to read (listen) a book story

Such a great way to read (listen) a book story, after listening to the Anna Lee version of Around the World in Eighty Days, which is a little better than this version, an adaptation that brings up a classic to a new life nowadays.

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I only listened to it, because it is a classic

I thought the voice acting was great. However, the story was less impressive than I had expected.

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Outstanding - readers gripped throughout

This was one of my favourite books growing up. I have read and re-read the title multiple times. Seldom have those reading been able to capture the text almost exactly as I have visualized the characters. Bravo!

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